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WELCOME HOME, BABY!  by Abigail  Tabby


From the New Books for Newborns series

by Abigail Tabby ; illustrated by Sam Williams

Pub Date: June 27th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5344-0103-7
Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Toddlers will get the message: your birth was eagerly anticipated; you are wanted and loved.

Framed as a tour of the home, each spread describes some part of a domicile and the activities that are at the center of a baby’s life. From the “welcome home” sign and balloons on the front door of a clapboard structure to the adoring gaze of the new, dark-skinned parents on a possibly urban stoop, each baby is welcomed with love. Both children and caregivers are ethnically diverse. The age, skin tone, and amount of hair on the baby’s head vary from spread to spread, creating an inclusive vision of the ideal family. For example, a brown-skinned man with curly hair and beard is shown reading to a slightly lighter-skinned child with straight brown hair. The previous spread shows a red-haired white child playing outside. Another page features a child with East Asian features and just a few wispy black tendrils of hair blowing out one birthday candle. Although the homes depicted seem universally secure and comfortable, the text allows for some elasticity in interpretation. The final spread describes home as “A place where you’ll always find / As much love as we can give.”

Destined to be tucked in with a shower gift to gently reassure anxious new moms that they and their babies will be perfectly happy

. (Board book. 1-3)